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Happy Halloween, DT readers! Every year, as the spookiest of holidays rolls around, I’m impressed with the humor and creativity of dancers’ Halloween costumes. This year was no exception. Enjoy a roundup of some of our favorite 2016 Halloween looks.

  1. Divas to the dance floor please! ABT principals Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside had a diva dance-off in company class as Sylvie Guillem and Natalia Makarova.

  1. ABT royalty Sascha Radetsky and Stella Abrera enchant and amuse as John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Can you imagine?

  1. Watch out for the Suicide Squad! “Dancing with the Stars” pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are terrifying as the Joker and Harley Quinn.

  1. Houston Ballet’s Harper Watters goes for the gold as dynamite gymnast Simone Biles. We also love Rhys Kosakowski’s take on The Sims.

  1. Dressed as company alum Ethan Stiefel, ABT soloist Cassandra Trenary impresses with a Center Stage moment—one-upping Charlie with a double tour.

Have a happy Halloween, and don’t miss a single issue of Dance Teacher.

Radetsky in Dutch National Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son.

Former American Ballet Theatre soloist Sascha Radetsky is one of eight artists named by the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU as 2015 Fall Fellows. The artists—each of varying disciplines—will pursue projects related to the creation and study of ballet. Radetsky plans to write a work of fiction set in the ballet world.

Having recently retired from dancing with ABT and currently starring in the new television series "Flesh and Bone" (premiering November 8 on Starz), he is looking toward his next step. “No clear path has unfurled in front of me, so I’m trying a bunch of different things out. I did a little acting, teaching and a little choreographing, but I’ve always loved writing,” says Radetsky, who has written for Dance Magazine.

Though he hasn’t finalized his plans for the book, dance will definitely play an important role. “I see it as a kind of love letter to dance. I’m not sure if it will turn into a novel or a book of shorter stories with dance as the common denominator, but ideally I’d like to open a little window into our world and translate some of my own experiences into fiction and show why I’ve devoted my life to the artform,” he explains.

CBA will provide him with workspace at NYU and a $3,000 monthly stipend for the four months devoted to the project. “The Center is really putting faith in me, but I think that’s part of what they are all about—taking risks and coming at ballet from different angles,” says Radetsky.

Photo by Angela Sterling, courtesy of Radetsky © Balanchine Trust.

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